Monday, February 1, 2010

A Sugar Cookie recipe for Valentine's Day.....

Today I am recovering.....from a solid week of non-stop activity.  We had our church Ladies Retreat this past weekend.  I had been in charge of organizing it and it was such a blessing, but I am feeling like I need a few days of twiddling my thumbs and doing nothing.  It is gray and dreary today, and I am still in my jammies.  Doing absolutely. nothing. except visiting blogs and reading all that I missed out on.  I read a few blogs last week, very few, and made less comments.  I blogged a couple of times, but sure felt like I was unconnected.  I was busy....busy, busy.  I had the Retreat as well as an end of the month SLaHOME party that was also LOTS of fun! Thanks, Sharon!
My daughter wants to make sugar cookies when she comes home......I have a Wilton cookie recipe with icing that is SO easy.  If you've read my blog a while,  you may have heard me talk about it before.  I like it for two reasons: a)you don't have to chill the dough and wait for 2 hours before you can cut out the cookies, and b) the icing dries hard and shiny and will store easily, even if you have to stack them.  For these reasons, these have been my "go-to" sugar cut-out cookies for some time now.  I thought I'd share it with you.  Obviously you can decorate them using any method you like, from just simply iced, to adorned with sprinkles, dragees, piped icing, etc.  It's your cookie and you can decide! ;)
Here's the recipe:

Easy Roll Out cookies

3/4 cup butter

3/4 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1 t. vanilla

2 t. baking powder

2 3/4 cup flour

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar with electric mixer. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. (may add butter extract here if using margarine) Add baking powder and flour (mixed together first) one cup at a time, mixing after each addition. The dough will be very stiff; blend in the last flour by hand. Do not chill. Dough may be tinted with paste icing color for colored cookies. For chocolate cookies, stir in 3 oz. melted unsweetened cocoa. If dough is too stiff, add water a teaspoon at a time.

Divide dough into two balls. On a floured surface, roll each ball in a circle about 12" in diameter and 1/8 inch thick. Dip cookie cutters in flour before each use. Bake cookies on ungreased sheet on top rack of oven for 6-7 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. If you like cookies that are more like tea cakes, make the cookies a little thicker.

Cookie Icing Recipe (dries to a glossy, hard finish and tastes good, too!

1 c. sifted confectioner's sugar

2 t. milk

2 t. light corn syrup

Place sugar and milk in a small bowl. Stir until mixed. Add corn syrup and mix well. For filling in areas, use thinned icing (add small amount of corn syrup until desired consistency). Tint with paste icing color or very small amount of food coloring.

This is a Wilton recipe and I've used it for years.  The picture above is not a picture of OUR cookies....but it is an inspirational pic to go by.  I'll ask my daughter if she wants hers to look like that!  Have a good day, and stay warm!!!!


Anonymous said...

Glad you had a good, if busy, week last week. Hope this week is a little more relaxing for you! Those are such pretty cookies and they sound yummy.

Robin said...

I am so glad that you now have the time to take a little break from your crazy week!

Thank you so much for sharing your recipes! I will definitely be trying these out!


Robin :o)

Domestic Designer said...

Thanks for sharing! I was just thinking this morning that I needed to start thinking about Valentine goodies and what to ship out to my kids and nieces. Sounds like this would be perfect. Have a restful day...sounds like you deserve it!

Anita said...

I'm glad you weren't MIA due to sickness, though being so busy you don't have time to sneeze is about as bad. I gave you a thumbs up as a SLAH consultant the other day....the best one around. Hope it drives some business your way.

jenjen said...

There's nothing better than sugar cookies for Valentine's Day! Thanks for the recipe Suzanne! I love making cookies with my kids. Maybe I will have time to do that this week?

Good luck getting all of your things done today!


Theresa said...

I am so happy you paid me a visit! You caught me on one of my wild days, hehe. I love seeing what Anita is up to and I am certainly going to try this recipe. Those cookies are beautiful and the shiny icing looks tasty and stackable, can't beat that. YUM! Have a blessed day and thanks again for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

Great recipe. I'm glad you have a day to veg out in your jammies.

Happy@Home said...

Your cookies look so pretty. This recipe sounds great. I like the thoughts of not having to wait for them to chill.
I hope you are able to have a relaxing day.

Beverly said...

Thanks for repeating this recipe. I used it at Christmas and couldn't find where I put it. Yeah! I can make heart cookies now. It was so easy.
Hope your week is a little less busy and I too am in my jammies, hoping to get dressed soon.

Controlling My Chaos said...

They sure are pretty. I could eat a sugar cookie right now. Yum!

Elle Bee said...

Thank you for this!! I'm so excited to find a good icing recipe that hardens nicely. Your cookies look professional! I hope mine turn out half as good. Copying this recipe right now-thank you!

Elle Bee said...

Oh, I just read the part about those cookies not being yours. Well, they sure are pretty no matter what! :o)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

YUM!!!!! Those are just too pretty. I love a good iced cookie.

April said...

I have looked high and low for a good sugar cookie recipe...looks like I've found one! :) Thanks so much, Suzanne! You're a keeper!

Judi said...

Oh my you have been very busy and you deserve to spend the day pjs and doing whatever you feel like...and blogging with your blogging friends is lots of fun.

I hope you have had a nice day.
I am going to try this recipe. It sounds very yummy and I like that it does not have to be chilled..yum yum...

I'm having a Giveaway...come over and visit and check out my sidebar for information.


Julie Harward said...


Darlene said...

Do you know that I have NEVER made sugar cookies and icing from scratch!!!?!? It doesn't sound hard though and the inspiration picture is sure cute! Have fun making them with your daughter.

Glad you are getting to just lounge in your PJ's today. Enjoy!♥

kimmcl said...

Hi Suzanne! You are so sweet and such a good friend to leave me such an encouraging comment. It means more than you know. Now, are those cookies in the picture the ones that you made?? If so, WOW! Me gonna try!

Amy said...

Yum, thanks for the recipe! Now I'm craving COOKIES!

Low Tide High Style said...

Thank you so much for this recipe, I'm always trying to find a good sugar cookie recipe and making heart shaped cookies for Valentine's Day is always a fun project!

Thanks also for stopping by my blog today and leaving such a kind comment.

Kat :)

Tracy said...

Glad you're having a good restful day after all that craziness! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe for those adorable cookies! I've been wanting to find one with frosting like that. That photo is adorable! I want mine to look like that! ; )

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

You have been very busy, but I know you really enjoyed your retreat. Thanks for sharing your sugar cookie recipe. My daughter and I love to make sugar cookies. I can't wait to try your recipe and see how we like it. Love & blessings from NC!

Kathy said...

Glad you're back, Suzanne. I'm thrilled to get your recipe because I make terrible sugar cookies! I've never been able to master them and they're too much trouble to make if they aren't yummy! I'm a fan of everything Wilton. I used to decorate and sell cakes so I have lots of Wilton books. Thanks for sharing your tried and true recipe. Have a wonderful and restful week!

Paula said...

You have been a busy lady!

Thanks for sharing your sugar cookie recipe. I have heart cookie cutters that haven't been used in years. I should use them today since I have the day off because of snow.

Judi said...

Hi Suzanne
Geez...I am NOW a Follower. I couldn't find you to come back and do some more reading and to find your Valentine's Day cookies.

I posted the question and Darlene told me it was you who had posted them. But your address up here was different to what we remembered your blog to be called so thank you for the recipe...and I am not a follower.

Just checking...have you seen my Giveaway with the draw on Saturday? Check my Sidebar if you haven't.

have a great day

Holly said...

Yum! And I love that the frosting is hard and glossy like royal icing but doesn't have egg in it!

Judi said...

Hi Suzanne
I started baking your sugar cookies for Valentine's Day for this weekend and a b'day party at the same time.

I made 2 batches last night and making another tonight. Then I'm going to ice up part of them...the others have sprinkles.

I have linked you to my site so people can come visit you to get the recipe.

Thank you!! It IS really easy and delicious and I'm so glad you posted about it!

come by and visit on PINK Saturday when I post on it.